This month awakening challenge Nr. 8, I felt that I desperately need some time to integrate and to take it easy after all this deep transpersonal work of the last few months. I decided to fly to Australia and to rent a camper van and drive along the Gold Coast. However, part of my Master of love and life is to always have at least one monthly objective. This month I decided to make it to learn the Guitar and to participate in a free Harvard online course about Buddhism. But let’s start from the beginning:
Learning the Guitar:
I never learned any instrument during my childhood, which I always really regretted. But there is even more to it. Getting older I started to become really conditioned and I even began telling myself, that I don’t have musicality, that I can’t sing, that I am just not gifted to play music or whatever bullshit you start to tell yourself. I think that’s something that does not only apply to me. I think most of us do this in some area or another. And it’s really hard to break through these years of conditioning.
Now after this one month I still feel far from being any good, but the beauty is it gets less and less important. What changed is, that I realized It’s not about achieving, it’s about trusting your intuition and playing from your heart. it’s about fun and playfulness and doing it because it just feels Good. And if you see it like that, I believe results will come naturally if you keep showing up.
After I already studied Taoism in my Master of love and life course Nr. 6, I wanted to deepen my understanding of Buddhism this month. I always felt very drawn to Buddhism especially after reading Siddharta from Hermann Hesse, the Baghavad Gita and attending Vipassana Meditation retreats. Luckily I found the perfect way to do that from my van in Australia.
A friend showed me a free one month online course about Buddhism. It is a course from Harvards online learning platform, yes the real Harvard University and it is entirely for FREE. You can even finish this course with a Certificate and it’s online till the 30.08.2018. So there’s still plenty of time left. Click below to find out more about it.
What I really liked about this course is that it used so many different forms of media to convey its teachings. Videos, scriptures, pictures, visualizations, chanting audio-files etc. I felt I could really dive into the world of Buddhism which was great. A huge benefit of the course was also the online discussion and interaction board. In these discussions with other classmates I felt I probably learned the most. Here are my biggest realizations.
My Top 3 Buddhism realizations:
1 – I love Buddhism’s non righteousness
Before this course it never really crossed my mind, but not being a monotheistic religion allows a lot more freedom in execution and also led to a strong diversity within Buddhism all over the world. What comes with that is that Buddhism doesn’t claim this righteousness, this exclusiveness that other religions do. And that is usually my biggest criticism of religions. One wise person once said: “Religions are like fingers, all pointing to the Moon, but yet most religions spend a great amount of their energy on declaring that they are the only right finger.”
2 – Even the Dalai Lama proclaims Balance
You know that my number one Mantra is balance. Facing the other side is so important but only because we are so imbalanced in the west towards this rational, materialistic side. However, the goal is never to condemn one side, the Goal is to balance the two sides. Therefore, I loved to find out that the Dalai Lama dedicates a lot of his efforts to bridge science and spirituality. He even states that Buddhism needs to adapt if science finds something new. Thats a big statement and approach from Buddhism. And yet on the other hand I feel that the rational side is still very reluctant and even arrogant to respond to this approach. A more than 2500 year old wisdom compared to a 300 year old modern scientific worldview and yet the latter acts as if it is superior. Thats really hard to believe for me sometimes. But I know sooner or later science and the rational side will change. And in the meantime, the few of us will push forward to make it happen.
3 – Buddhism is an inner philosophy of right living
Another Beauty of Buddhism for me is that its teachings convey a wisdom that is nothing new but already deeply ingrained in each one of us. Many times I had the this feeling of: I already know this somehow, or that sounds so familiar, like something that is already there deep inside of me and it just needed something to make me remember. And thats what I feel this Hero’s journey is anyway about. It’s not about learning anything new. It’s about remembering our true nature, our enlightened essence. It’s like shifting our perception from the 2D Story to the 3D observer view. Nothing new is learned, nothing is added, its just looking at it from a different angle.
This one month challenge was awesome. It allowed me to integrate, to be free and to reconnect with nature. I liked that I was not bound to any place, I could practice playing the guitar and do the Buddhism online course while driving down the Gold Coast in my camper van. I also really liked the combination of something intellectual stimulating (the course) and something more practical (learning the guitar). I now feel super recharged and ready to go deep again for my next Challenge Number 9. Life is beautiful!